James E. Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. His weekly syndicated newspaper column, Blackonomics, is featured in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. He has written seven books, five of which on Economic Empowerment, and has been the featured speaker for numerous organizations, schools, churches, and events across the United States.Former Editor of the Cincinnati Herald Newspaper, Clingman is the founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, and has been instrumental in establishing several other Chambers of Commerce around the country, as he continues to promote economic freedom for African Americans. He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati for 12 years, where he taught Black Entrepreneurship and The History of the Black Church; he taught business planning at Smart Money, a community services center in Cincinnati; he taught Public Speaking at Cincinnati Christian University; and he also founded Cincinnati’s Entrepreneurship High School in 2001. Clingman has received many awards for his journalistic work, including the prestigious Black Press of America’s 2008 Black Press Champion Award, from the National Newspaper Publishers Association and Foundation.

As a business consultant and through his work with the Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP, Clingman has worked tirelessly promoting economic inclusion for Black owned businesses and has successfully initiated efforts through which millions of dollars in contracts have been secured by Black contractors as well as increases in employment.

His speeches have stirred thousands of conferees and his newspaper articles are sought after by subscribers across the United States and abroad. Mr. Clingman was named a History Maker in 2005 ( see:, and his video interview is now in the Library of Congress. You can reach him at 513 315 9866 or by e-mail for more information.

Clingman’s economic empowerment doctrine stresses consumer education and alliances among African Americans. He offers a refreshing view of the potential within this nation’s Black communities and strongly believes it can be changed into positive action. His latest book, Black Dollars Matter, Teach your dollars how to make more sense, is further testimony of his continued commitment to economic empowerment for Black people.

Speaking Engagements/TV/Radio/Newspapers:
Black Chambers of Commerce:
Columbus, Ohio; Akron, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio; Mansfield, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Florence, South Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Tucson, Arizona;
California Black Chambers Commerce (Sacramento, California); Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Jackson, Tennessee; Baltimore, Maryland; Miami-Dade Counties
Colleges and Universities:
Albany State University; Carnegie Mellon University; Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio; Denison University, Granville, Ohio; Howard University, Langston University, Oklahoma City, OK. Northern Kentucky University; Tuskegee University; University of Cincinnati; Youngstown State University
Christian Business League United Church of Christ, Cleveland, OH.
Gaines Memorial United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
Glass City Church of Christ, Toledo, Ohio
Gray Road Church of Christ, Senior Citizens’ Banquet, Cincinnati, Ohio
New Mission Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
Northeast Church of Christ, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
St. Paul AME Church, St. Louis, MO
The Kings Church of Christ, Brooklyn, New York
Organizations and Events:
A. Phillip Randolph Museum, Ken Bridges Lecture Hall, Chicago, Illinois
African American Network, Duke Energy, Cincinnati, Ohio
Africentric High School, Kemetic Institute, Columbus, Ohio
America’s Black Forum Television Show, Juan Williams, Alfred Edmonds (Black Enterprise Magazine)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Small Schools Project, Seattle, Washington
Black Business Conference, San Diego, California
Black Business Professionals Association, Savannah, Georgia
Black Energy Professionals, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Black Expos: Chicago; Indianapolis; St. Louis; Kokomo, Indiana
Black MBA Chapter, Cincinnati, Ohio
Black Telecommunications Workers, Cincinnati, Ohio
Booker T. Washington Economic Summit, Tuskegee University
Buffalo Kwanzaa Committee
Chicago Historical Society
Collective Banking Group, Upper Marlboro, MD
Dayton, Ohio, Black Business Showcase
Granville Academy, Fairfax, Virginia
Grassroots Leadership Academy, Cincinnati, Ohio
Greater Cincinnati Urban League
Healing the Hood, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Indiana, Georgia, and Missouri Congressional Black Caucuses
Juneteenth Celebrations: St. Louis, MO.; Jacksonville, Florida; Columbus, Ohio
Los Angeles Black Book Fair
NAACP – Ft. Wayne, Indiana Branch – Freedom Fund Banquet
National Association for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Tampa, Florida
National Organization of Black Chemists and Engineers, Indianapolis, Indiana
Oklahoma Minority Supplier development Council; Tulsa, Oklahoma
Professional Black Business Coalition, Baltimore, Maryland
Right Brain Initiative, Dallas, Texas
San Diego Urban League’s Young Professionals Group
SBA Academy, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Success by Design: Atlanta, GA; Chattanooga, TN.; Birmingham, AL.
The Black Capital Network – Buffalo, New York
The Black Man Think Tank, University of Cincinnati
The MATAH Network, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Urban League Young Professionals, San Diego, CA.
Various Radio and Internet Programs across the U.S.
Weekly Columnist – National Newspaper Publishers’ Association (19 Yrs) Radio Talk Show Host, WCVG, Covington, Kentucky; WDBZ, WCIN (Cincinnati); Current: Television show, “Blackonomics,” Conscious Media Productions –



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